Man City turns game late

    Erling Haaland was signed off for more than 80 minutes, then the Norwegian struck ice cold. Torgarant destroys Dortmund’s dreams of a coup at English champions Manchester City. At the same time, RB Leipzig has been the better team at Real Madrid for a long time and still draws the short straw. Late defeats for the German clubs in the Champions League.

    And in the end Haaland cheered: The coup against the ex-scorer and star coach Pep Guardiola was within reach, but in the end Borussia Dortmund was empty-handed. At Man City, BVB led 1-0 after a long and disciplined defensive performance up to the 80th minute, but then suffered a 1-2 (0-0) defeat on the second matchday of the Champions League. The black series against teams from the English Premier League continued, with BVB now losing the last eight duels in a row.

    Manchester’s hero was Haaland with the spectacular winning goal in the 84th minute, while the Dortmund cover had the Norwegian, who switched from BVB to City in the summer, well under control. John Stones equalized the Dortmund lead by Jude Bellingham in his English homeland (56th) (80th), BVB substitute keeper Alexander Meyer did not look good with his long-range shot.

    Real punishes Leipzig: Late defeat in Madrid

    The next notable appearance under Marco Rose did not save RB Leipzig in the Champions League from defeat by the ripped-off defending champion. Two strong actions by Fede Valverde (80th minute) and Marco Asensio (90+1) were enough for Real Madrid on Wednesday to beat the long-superior Bundesliga club 2-0 (0-0). After the 1: 4 debacle against Donetsk about a week ago, RB is still with zero points in Group F. Why? Because despite numerous opportunities, the last step was almost always missing. And because Real got the maximum out of it despite minimal effort and thus gave new coach Rose the first defeat.

    RB started stronger than “Royal” in almost every respect: better defence, better counterattacks, better chances. The Saxons deserved a lead at the break. The only point of criticism: the suboptimal exploitation of chances. Christopher Nkunku checked Real goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois for the first time after just five minutes. This was followed by good opportunities from Timo Werner (11th/30th), Emil Forsberg (21st) and again Nkunku (28th/34th). But almost always a foot was missing.

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